Need opinions on buying a new gaming rig

Hi, I am looking to get a whole new computer as my current main computer is a laptop which I bought little over a year ago (Dell M1530, customized for better specs) and my custom built desktop (by my dad and myself) which is 4+ years old outfitted with a Radeon 9600pro.

I am still debating on whether or not to buy the parts myself or buy from Cyberpower as I found a custom prebuilt from their site for a good price.

Things I must have on the system is SLI. And that's about it. I don't care to overclock the Cpu as I don't think it would be needed. I don't intend to play anything beyond 1650x1080 res with 4x AA. I play mostly online FPS through Steam and Warhammer Online (currently on the laptop on less then satisfactory resolutions.) I don't hardcore multitask but a 2.2ghz core 2 duo handles my needs on that fine.

Here are the parts I picked (more or less, some parts like the mobo had no choices) from Cyberpower and the links to Newegg:

Cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz - $165

Mobo: ASUS Striker II Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - $245

Case: APEVIA X-SNIPER G-Type - $85

Power Supply: Non-high end brand 800W PSU - $90

Cpu Fan: COOLER MASTER V8 - $70

Ram: 4 Gigs of DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Corsair Brand - 60$

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTS 250 512MB - $130 x2 ($260)

Hard drive: Western Digital 500GB 7200rpm - 65$

DVD Burner: - LG Brand - 22$

So that comes out to around $1060 plus more to buy Vista. But I did not look for combo deals which could save a nice amount. My budget is around $1300 (including taxes and shipping.) All those parts from cyberpower comes out to about actually 40 bucks less then the $1060 and that includes Vista for $1042 before taxes and shipping. I also want to factor in time of putting it together myself versus them doing it already for me.

I am skeptical about that mobo as there are a lot of bad reviews on it on newegg. Cyberpower had no other mobo choice customizing the Gamer Infinity XLC build.

Please let me know it this is a good deal or not, I want this computer to be able to give me a run for my money for the next five or so years.
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  1. That build up above is a total mess. And for a person who claims they aren't going to over clock...what's with the $70 heatsink? Cyber Power is notorious for not using quality parts...they use ghetto parts even though the customer ordered name brand. You have a $250 Nvidea board up there yet vid cards that are meant for a mid to lower budget gaming rig. Those gts cards you have in your build aren't even the 1 gig version. With your budget you might as well build an i7 rig so you at least know your not getting hosed, not to mention you will have a rig that will be somewhat future proof for the next few years. This build comes with one vid card with the option to add another one later on. This shouldn't be a problem seeing how your doing fine right now playing those games on a laptop. The mobo in this build is set up for SLI and Crossfire. The case in this build is first rate, unlike that case you have in your build now. I will leave the HS in this build just in case you ever do decide to over clock it sometime in the future. With the price of this OEM cpu the HS doesn't add all that much cost into the build, not to mention it's a first rate HS. <--- Better pics and reviews on this link for that case that I put in this build. <---The mobo I used in this build; specs, etc... $119.91
    Cooler Master RC-932-KKN1-GP HAF 932 Chassis - 12 Bays - Black $139.99 ($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $209.99
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM $39.99
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $6.99
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $94.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $178.99 Free Shipping*
    BFG Tech BFGEGTX260MC896OCE GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $79.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $24.99 Free Shipping*
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $99.99 Free Shipping*
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

    Total: $1,261.81 *(not including shipping and rebates)
  2. I bought my new Gaming Rig from and it can play any game out right now. It has the i7 core, 3G 1866Mhz ram, 700W powersupply, Nvidia 250 1G ram, 400GB hardrive, and windows ultimate 64bit. In your price range.
  3. casperstouch said:
    I bought my new Gaming Rig from and it can play any game out right now. It has the i7 core, 3G 1866Mhz ram, 700W powersupply, Nvidia 250 1G ram, 400GB hardrive, and windows ultimate 64bit. In your price range.

    How much did you pay for it?
  4. Why_me could have been more tactful, but he's right. Buy an X58 board for SLI or buy a P45 board for much less and crossfire a couple 4870s.
  5. Well I ended up buying a rig from them after comparing the parts with Newegg some more. I just got too lazy to build it myself.

    Anyways it's an asus p6t mobo, i7 920, vigor monsoon II cooling, gtx 275, 6 gig 1333mhz ram (cheap'o A-data ram), modular 1000w PSU, 500gig HD (bad HD choices :\), 22x dvd-rw drive, vista64, and it was around $1,300, but with the crazy California tax it came out to $1,500 even. Shipping was free though.

    The wiring was much better then what I can do. Working perfectly fine and the benchmarks are comparable to the charts on this site. Currently running it at 3.32 ghz with the bclk at 166 (speedstep and HT enabled though). Ram had to be manually set to 1333 (but more like 1328mhz or something). Idles 35~40C and max I got it to was 50C playing games.

    Thanks for the feedback, the forums are quite useful, and I just learned how to OC the i7 from reading the forums.
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